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Re: Signatures

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Litesal (litesal)
Sun, 7 Nov 1999 14:14:36 -0500


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I am curious as to what expectations everyone has for student =
signatures on their artworks. I was trained to sign my name discreetly =
in the bottom right hand corner (as a general rule), and I have taught =
my students to do the same. Yet, last year when I took my student's =
artwork to our league contest, every one of our artworks were marked =
down in points for signatures appearing on the front. . .

Dear Michal (and all),

I recently completed my graduate work for an MA in painting. In my =
experience, it is currently fashionable not to sign your work. My =
opinion is that it is felt that the work should have a voice of its own =
and a personal style, so that a signature isn't necessary and, =
therefore, is redundant and distracting. You know who did the work =
because of the way it looks and what is communicated. However, it is =
kind of silly to apply that rationale to student work especially when so =
many students are represented in one show. I, personally, have my =
elementary students sign all their work, but that's so I know who did =
it! As far as "raising a stink" at this year's show, though, I =
wouldn't. I believe they are using judgements based on the contemporary =
art climate. I think it is admirable that they are taking their jobs so =
seriously and allowing students to experience what it's like to compete. =
You are always at the mercy of the judges. Chalk it up to experience, =
and lose the names.

Sincerely, Leah

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I am curious as to what expectations everyone has = for=20 student signatures on their artworks. I was trained to sign my name = discreetly=20 in the bottom right hand corner (as a general rule), and I have taught = my=20 students to do the same. Yet, last year when I took my student's = artwork to=20 our league contest, every one of our artworks were marked down in = points for=20 signatures appearing on the front. . .
 
Dear Michal (and all),
 
I recently completed my graduate work for an MA in = painting.  In my experience, it is currently fashionable not = to=20 sign your work.  My opinion is that it is felt that the work = should=20 have a voice of its own and a personal style, so that a signature = isn't=20 necessary and, therefore, is redundant and distracting. You know = who did=20 the work because of the way it looks and what is communicated.  = However,=20 it is kind of silly to apply that rationale to student work especially = when so=20 many students are represented in one show.  I, personally, have = my=20 elementary students sign all their work, but that's so I know who did=20 it!  As far as "raising a stink" at this year's show, though, I=20 wouldn't.  I believe they are using judgements based on the = contemporary=20 art climate.  I think it is admirable that they are taking their = jobs so=20 seriously and allowing students to experience what it's like to=20 compete.  You are always at the mercy of the judges. Chalk it up = to=20 experience, and lose the names.
 
Sincerely, = Leah
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